Before he can sell it to a foreign power, the IMF force must trick a treasonous scientist into revealing the whereabouts of a cache of nuclear material by convincing him he is now living 28 years after nuclear war has devastated the country. Written by
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There are several isotopes of weapons-grade plutonium. The most commonly used variety, Pu-239 (mentioned by Collins), has a half-life of 24,000 years; others have half-lives as short as fourteen years. Based on 1970s nuclear technology, Collins' 50 kilograms is enough to make seven or eight Hiroshima-sized bombs, but could pose a lethal risk to anyone handling it. See more
There were two problems with the staged nuclear strike. The first was the sound of the incoming missiles - ICBMs travel at supersonic speeds, meaning that they would reach their targets before the sound of their shock wave would arrive. The second was the flash and Collins' reaction to it. As a scientist working with weapons-grade fissionable material, he should have known that by the time the flash of a nuclear explosion reaches a viewer it is already too late to shield one's eyes. See more